Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NAHJ Convention Assistance Recipient

Back in May, the NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter announced we would be giving away one free registration to the 2014 NAHJ Convention in San Antonio on August 7th-9th. 

Alberto Roca was chosen after submitting an essay, and he will now be going to the convention! 
Alberto is the Executive Director of Diverse Scholar and Editor of

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Meet Alberto: 

"I am a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas and received my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While conducting biophysical postdoctoral research as my day job, after hours I created the web portal (2003), founded the Postdoc Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and co-founded the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association. Since 2011 as Editor, I have been publishing original DiverseScholar articles on the issues of diversity, STEM, and higher education thereby serving as a venue for faculty and trainee scholars to disseminate their diversity testimonials and promising practices. In recognition of my achievements, I have received the University of California, Irvine Chancellor's Living Our Values Award, the SACNAS Presidential Service Award, a semi-finalist for the Echoing Green social entrepreneurship fellowship (2013 & 2014), and was a finalist for the UNITY Journalists for Diversity NewU Startup Competition (2013)."

Alberto said he wants to build a relationship between NAHJ and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). He said his "non-profit has received a grant to create travel awards for NAHJ members to attend the NASW conference," and he plans to talk about that grant while he is attending #NAHJ14SA.
You can find him on twitter @MinorityPostdoc

Congratulations Alberto! 

-Alex Cerball 
V.P. NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana

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